Definition of Shelter

1. Verb. Provide shelter for. "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"

Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Specialized synonyms: Domiciliate, House, Put Up, Kennel, Stable, Stall, Harbor, Harbour

2. Noun. A structure that provides privacy and protection from danger.

3. Verb. Invest (money) so that it is not taxable.
Generic synonyms: Commit, Invest, Place, Put

4. Noun. Protective covering that provides protection from the weather.

5. Noun. The condition of being protected. "He enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"
Exact synonyms: Protection
Generic synonyms: Security
Specialized synonyms: Indemnity, Insurance, Radioprotection

6. Noun. A way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings.
Exact synonyms: Tax Shelter
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminution, Reduction, Step-down

7. Noun. Temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons.
Specialized synonyms: Camp, Refugee Camp
Generic synonyms: Housing, Living Accommodations, Lodging

Definition of Shelter

1. n. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen.

2. v. t. To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect.

3. v. i. To take shelter.

Definition of Shelter

1. Noun. A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something ¹

2. Noun. An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To provide cover ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To take cover ¹

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Definition of Shelter

1. to provide cover or protection for [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Shelter

1. 1. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen. "The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade." (Pope) 2. One who protects; a guardian; a defender. "Thou [God] hast been a shelter for me." (Ps. Lxi. 3) 3. The state of being covered and protected; protection; security. "Who into shelter takes their tender bloom." (Young) Shelter tent,a small tent made of pieces of cotton duck arranged to button together. In field service the soldiers carry the pieces. Synonym: Asylum, refuge, retreat, covert, sanctuary, protection, defense, security. Origin: Cf. OE. Scheltrun, shiltroun, schelltrome, scheldtrome, a guard, squadron, AS. Scildtruma a troop of men with shields; scild shield + truma a band of men. See Shield. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shelter

shelter (current term)
shelter deck
shelter dog
shelter dogs
shelter tent
sheltered workshop
sheltered workshops

Literary usage of Shelter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Geography by National Council of Geography Teachers (U.S.) (1902)
"THE SOD HOUSE AS A FORM OF shelter; WHERE? WHAT? WHY?* By Louise W. Mears Dept. of Geography, Milwaukee State Normal School AS a form of shelter in the ..."

2. American Anthropologist by American Anthropological Association (1890)
"On the sloping hillside a few hundred feet above the house of the latter occurs the slight outcrop of sandstone beneath which is the shelter. ..."

3. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"The thing that protects: spec, defense, guard, fence, screen, shelter, shield, sheath, shadow, safeguard, preservative, wall, hedge (fig. ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"... a cover, shelter, place of concealment ; or to shyla, to shut up, cover, protect, conceal, or bury out of sight. With these words may be compared Old ..."

5. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Breaking the Trojan line ; in mail of proof Their chieftains battled in their front, but they, 860 So shelter'd, from the rear pour'd still their darts, ..."

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